Tips for Renting an Oxygen Concentrator

If you need oxygen therapy and you want to do some traveling, you can rent a portable oxygen concentrator. Make the process easier on yourself and quicker by doing some research on the different brands. A customer service rep will be happy to help you choose the best oxygen concentrator to rent, but deciding on which one you want before hand will speed up the process. Do some shopping and compare the features of different machines.

Things to Consider

Always read the manual that comes with your portable oxygen concentrator before you go on your vacation. Call the medical supply company if you have any questions about the basic care of the machine after reading the manual. It's always a good idea to make sure you know the ins and outs of the machine, and a customer care rep will be happy to help you.

Consider the battery life of a portable oxygen concentrator if you are renting it for travel. Think about how long you will be away from a power source to charge it. This is especially important if you need constant oxygen, or you require it for most of the day. If this is the case, you will want a portable oxygen concentrator with a long battery life, like the LifeChoice Portable Oxygen Concentrator, or the Inogen One G3 with a 16 cell battery.

Think about the weight of the portable oxygen concentrator and how much you will be on your feet, and whether or not you want to carry it with a carry bag, a backpack, or on a portable concentrator wheeled cart. If you will be doing very active things, like hiking, you will want a lightweight concentrator that you can carry around in a backpack, which will keep it out of your way.

A carry bag is worn off to one side of your body and can be fine for doing regular site seeing and other tame tourist activities. If you only need to use your oxygen concentrator for a few hours out of the day, or only at night, you can get a cart or skip the cart altogether.

Basic Cleaning and Maintenance

If you will be on vacation with your rented portable oxygen concentrator for more than a week, you will need to pay attention to the cleanliness of different parts of the machine and the accessories. If you need to use constant oxygen, you should bring an extra set of tubing and an extra filter to switch out quickly, instead of having to take the time to clean them. To save you money, if you don't need constant oxygen, you can decide to clean the tubing and the filter instead of bringing along extras.

The best time to do some cleaning is right after you've used your machine. After a week, remove the tubing you've been using and clean it with gentle soap and water. Be sure to rinse it well and hang it up to dry before putting it back on the machine. Wipe around the nozzle where the tubing attaches to the machine with a lint free cloth, and wipe the cabinet down with the lint free cloth to remove any dust. Take out the filter and wipe it down as well. Refer to the manual for how to remove the filter.

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

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